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SIUE Construction Leadership Institute alumni complete an annual service project where they work with the organizers of the Building Futures program to introduce 30 middle school students from St. Louis public, charter, and parochial schools to the joy of making projects with their hands. The program organizers use the rigorous problem solving skills needed to design projects, and teach the manual skills needed to build those projects, to help economically under-privileged young people develop intellectually, physically, and emotionally for success in their future working lives. CLI alumni work with the students to help them in both the design and build stages of making their ideas become a reality.
Click here to view a video on the Building Futures program.
[IMAGE: Jon Danuser instructs students on how to safely use a table saw] [IMAGE: CLI alum Jan Horgan helps a student set up his glue gun]
[IMAGE: Stacy Robben helps students work through design problems] [IMAGE: CLI Program Co-Director Chris Gordon and CLI alum Lauren Smith ]